Last week, I talked about the Top Ten Don’ts of the Disney Dining Plan. Now, I’ll discuss the Top Ten Do’s of the Dining Plan. I can name at least a hundred , but I will just limit it to ten. Just to refresh, the dining plan is a prepaid meal service that Disney offers, sometimes even for free. There are different tiers to the plan. You can read about them in previous posts.
Now on to the Top Ten:
- Do try to get your money’s worth, especially with quick service and snacks. For quick service meals, try to get the most expensive item on the menu. With snacks, try to get the most value for your money. The upper price range for snacks is usually $5-$6, which is a better value than a $2-$3 Mickey bar.
- Do look for a variety of places to eat. There are hundreds of places to eat at Walt Disney World. You could try a different place every day and still not repeat, unless you want to.
- Do look for a variety of Quick Service restaurants. You are not limited to hamburgers and chicken nuggets. You have a whole world of delicacies to eat. You can try French food at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, or a shwarma platter in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot.
- Do look for value in table service restaurants. You want to look for an average adult entree costing between $20-$25 at a plated restaurant. Also, take advantage of buffets. Boma is a good non-character buffet.
- Do take advantage of Character meals. They will save you time and are a good value for a credit, except for Cinderella’s Royal Table. This one would be better served paying out of pocket for.
- Do try a Signature restaurant at one of the Deluxe resorts. They do cost two table service credits, but are well worth it.
- Do eat at resort restaurants. It is a way to visit a different resort and try out their menus.
- Do have fun. Using the dining plan takes the worry out of budgeting for food.
- Do make ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations), especially for popular restaurants.
- And lastly, DO take advantage of the Free Dining promotions whenever they are offered.
Now, it’s your turn.
What are your Top Tips for the Disney Dining Plan?